Started in 2018, Explorers Summit is India's first summit series on experiential, sustainable, adventure and volunteer tourism. This opening edition saw inspiring leaders, travelers, artists, adventurers and explorers from various backgrounds covering inspirational storytelling, travel showcases and skill based workshops for the curious souls
Introducing a LIVE experience for those who are missing the Outdoors
Bringing a tribe of explorers, adventurers, creators, photographers, filmmakers and storytellers. A curated edition for those seeking an alternate lifestyle inspired by homegrown achievers and educators from the space of 'Experiential & Sustainable Travel'.
Stuck at home? Seeking newer alternatives?
Learn, connect and decode travel from inspiring explorers and achievers that have altered the course of experiential travel in India & Internationally.
In Association with
Adventure Showcase Partner
AN OPENING NIGHT ADVENTURE SHOWCASE
3 STORYTELLERS X 2 HRS PRIMETIME
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
CINEMATOGRAPHER | PADI INSTRUCTOR | YACHTSMAN
Session: Travel Filmmaking 101
Sukesh lives to tell authentic stories, often set within the most challenging environments. He began his career assisting as a natural history cameraman.
He is drawn to adventure and became a PADI DIVE instructor in 2015 as a way to explore the world below. With 1000+ dives under his belt, he has become attuned to capturing imagery that has gained him recognition in the branded content space as well as feature films and network television.
NIDHI SALGAME & SATTY MALIK | FOUNDERS - WANDER BEYOND BOUNDARIES
Session: Self growth through extreme overlanding
Wanderers at heart, Nidhi & Satty conceptualize, curate and lead 4x4 based extreme terrain self drive expeditions world over to explore remote lands and experience forgotten landscapes and cultures.
Being the First Indian to drive to the Pole of Cold in Siberia and also the First woman to drive a transcontinental distance from Delhi to London, Nidhi has been an extreme terrain driver for over 15 years.
An Army veteran and a keen offroader with varied driving experience in remote corners of India and in Congo, Satty has always had an inherent love for the outdoors and adventure.
Together their passion for self exploration through travel led to Wander Beyond Boundaries or WBB. Journeys with WBB are both within & outside; they strive to help people create/iterate their lens for life.
JAYTIRTH AHYA | FOUNDER - THE EXPERIENCE CO
Session: Fostering community & social collaborations
Jay is an experience designer and believes in creating interventions and experiences that enable creators, thought leaders & movement makers to connect, explore & collaborate with each other.
His festival F of X brings 400 invite-only creators, 40 Creative Leaders, together for a 4-day riverside forest festival in Jim Corbett.
At the intersection of culture, travel & creativity, Experience Co. works with Mahindra, Redbull, Absolut and other creativity-led brands to create communities and content. In the last 6 years, Jay has travelled with 1000s of creators across India & SE Asia and enabled of 300 collaborations.
In the lockdown, the Experience Co. created Mixfit - a collaboration platform, Vibe Tribe - a community of creators, Pitchday - a Shark Tank for new Projects & very soon the Tribe House.
SAJID CHOUGLE | SKYDIVER, WINGSUIT FLYER & BASE JUMPER
Session: Life in the Extreme
Sajid Chougle also known as The Spirited, is a resident of Mumbai, is an avid skydiver, wingsuit flyer and a BASE jumper with over 350 jumps, that amounts to 6hrs+ of freefall. He has trained at various institutes around the world in these aerial disciplines.
Along with the Powered Paramotor Community, he has pioneered jumping of PPGs around the country at various events and occasions. He also uses his passion of content creation to showcase the stories of Aeronauts to the world.
Finally, when he's not behaving as a Professional Gravity Tester, he's running a startup where they are on a mission to gamify curriculum based learning for children.
AJAY JAIN | TRAVEL WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER
Session: Travel Writing 101
Ajay Jain is a travel writer and photographer who has authored ten printed books and over 50 e-books.
While most are on travel, he has also written on personal branding, travel marketing, professional networking on LinkedIn and even a self-help book.
His most notable book is INDIANS, a coffee table book featuring black and white portraits shot
across India over 10 years.
He is India’s foremost influencer in this space - not just digitally, but in the offline world too. He also owns the popular Kunzum Travel Café in New Delhi - a real world social networking hub for travelers and creative folks. All this has combined to become India’s most relevant community of travelers, much coveted by the travel industry.
RAKESH RAO | PHOTOGRAPHER & FILMMAKER
Session: Polar regions & Climate change
A Photographer/ Filmmaker who specializes in documenting scientific expeditions and research projects.
Since young, he was always passionately
inclined towards understanding and documenting scientific processes. Spending time as part of an Amateur Astronomy club helped him propel towards doing a formal education in Physics. As an avid science enthusiast, communicating science became his primary focus, and that’s when he started using the tools of Photography and Films to document research activities done by scientists and developing documentaries about them.
This endeavor gave him an opportunity to participate in several projects and prestigious expeditions to the three Cryospheric Polar regions of Antarctic, Arctic and the Himalayas, making him amongst few documentary filmmakers to have done so.
His work currently focuses in documenting climate research and understanding the impacts due to changing climate.
PRAKRITI GAUTAM | CO-FOUNDER & OPERATIONS HEAD - HIMALAYAN GEOGRAPHIC
Session: The Great Himalayan Showcase
Prakriti Gautam @sophiegautam is the Co-founder and Operations Head of Himalayan Geographic, Nepal.
They are an all-volunteer driven organization that excel in exploring The Great Himalayas, the Himalayan culture, its people and address the issues that a traveller would want to know more about.
Himalayan Geographic’s important domains have always been volunteer works, teaching programs, and exploration. They have a lot of contributors who have sourced and dedicated themselves to bring out powerful stories across the Himalayas.
It has a wide range of readers from across the world and also a platform to budding photographers, documentary film-makers, writers, non-profit organization to showcase their work and also to inspire the community the world understand the Himalayas way of life.
TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER
CARL ZEISS BRAND AMBASSADOR
Session: Business of Travel Photography
Aman Chotani is a professional travel and lifestyle photographer and a creative consultant based in New Delhi, India who explores the world documenting culture and life.
A self-confessed “wanderer” Aman’s images immerse the viewer in the subject’s culture, bringing a visual authenticity to his photographs. His work features landscapes and astonishing captivating portraits of indigenous people from across the world.
Session: Creating a synergy between travel & sustainable development
Ishita Khanna is a dynamic social entrepreneur who is the founder and director of Ecosphere (a social enterprise) - that helps create sustainable livelihoods that are linked to nature and culture conservation.
Her experience of working at the grassroots and passion for the environment and the mountains has been the driving force for Ecosphere which enables her to live her philosophy. Here they address the triple bottom-line of conservation, development and economies, which also forms the very foundation of their genesis.
DIRECTOR - OUTWARD BOUND
Session: Moving Beyond Classroom Learning
As the Senior Vice President at STAR TV she was part of the core team that launched the STAR brand in India
After television, Dilshad followed her next big passion - adventure travel. She was the first person to lead a civilian trek to the Siachen Glacier in August 2016, has led multiple treks to Everest Base Camp and other popular routes in Nepal and India, is passionate about white-water rafting and rates the Zanskar Rafting Expedition as one of her best experiences ever.
Today, Dilshad is focused on Outward Bound India-Himalaya and is working to lead its growth in India. The combination of a corporate India background and her adventure experiences puts her in the perfect place to design leadership training programs for senior executives.
CHERISH MANJOORAN | FOUNDER - CHERISH EXPEDITIONS
Session: Immersive & Transformative Travel
Cherish Manjooran is building a community of conscious travelers across the globe through volunteering opportunities, sustainable and community-based tourism.
The Travel-Fellowship Program that he offers are curated based on the theory of Experiential Learning and is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG's).
Cherish has been designing transformational experiences on his impact-driven expeditions that moulds leaders and support aspiring ecological & social entrepreneurs.
PARAS LOOMBA | FOUNDER - GLOBAL HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION
Session: Impact Adventure & Community Based Tourism
Paras is the founder of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) and has led several leadership expeditions to Himalayas to provide clean energy access to remote himalayan communities.
An electrical engineer by profession, Paras merges technology and tourism with an approach to create local entrepreneurial models for remote areas advocating sustainable tourism solutions.
Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) engages travelers and businesses to build resilient communities through sustainable development and climate positive travel
He is also a 2012 International Antarctic Expedition member and part of WTTC’s jury for Tomorrow for Tourism Awards.
JEHAN DRIVER | FOUNDER - QUEST EXPEDITIONS
Session: Future of Aqua Adventure
Jehan Hoshi Driver is the founder and managing director of Quest Expeditions and has been exploring India for almost 20 years, after securing instructorship in various adventure sports he finally settled for his one and true passion Kitesurfing.
Having travelled the world to follow his passion he has spent a majority of time in Queenstown, New Zealand which is deemed the Adventure Tourism Capital of the World where he further studied Adventure Tourism Management and operated an aerobatics aviation outfit.
Quest Adventure Sports Academy "QASA" is a premier adventure sports training academy providing quality education to all aspects of aquatic sport, lifesaving & rescue while considering regional conservation & protection of natural resources.
It provides recreational & professional courses in aquatic adventure sports. Located by the pristine blue waters of the Palkbay & Gulf of Mannar near the historic town of Rameswaram, QASA offers Courses in Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Stand up paddle boarding, Sailing & lifesaving. The Academy has a PADI Dive Center providing scuba diving in Rameswaram & a NauticEd Sailing School which provides sailing courses in India on a luxury sailing catamaran seaQuest.
VIJESH RAJU | TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER
Session: Discovering Cultures & Tribes
Photographer, explorer, and the man preserving ancient cultures through the lens of his camera, tribesman Vijesh Kumar Raju has provided us with an incomparable window into the exotic, nomadic, historically and culturally significant lives of the few remaining reindeer tribes of the world. Travelling to the most remote corners of the planet, Vijesh, accompanied by long-time friend Navak Gupta, has charted the grassy plains of Mongolia, the icy lake of Baikal, and more on his breathtaking adventures.
With numerous expeditions photographing nomadic tribes and dying cultures, Vijesh’s pièce de résistance is an effort to establish connections between the last remaining reindeer herders of the world, a project he calls 'The Reindeer People Photo Project'.
His masterclass on Discovering Cultures and Tribes at the Virtual Bootcamp will expand on his learnings and travels, visiting these little-known and oft-forgotten tribes.